The Peter Grant series by Ben Aaronovitch is one of those series that I really enjoy but forget how much I do enjoy them.
I originally stumbled on the series when I was in uni. Actually it was during the summer between my third and fourth years as I can clearly remember binge reading the books in my new flat. Weird how we just remember things like that.
Rivers of London, the first book in the series, was described as Harry Potter being in the muggle police force, so of course I was going to pick this book up. The book wasn’t like that at all, but I don’t mean this in a bad way. There was plenty to love about this book, including an engaging narrator, an interesting magic system, well rounded female characters as well as a diverse cast. What’s not to love?!
By the time the fourth book was released, the series had come off my radar and had been one of those I promised to get back to. That didn’t happen until this year when someone my nan knew was giving away all
of the books in the series, which of course I just had to have, not just because of the great covers, but because I then could force myself to read this series that I enjoyed. Although with the release of this book, it means I won’t have finished the series just yet – not that I’m complaining!
The Hanging Tree was the Tyburn gallows which stood where Marble Arch stands today. Oxford Street was the last trip of the condemned. Some things don’t change. The place has a bloody and haunted legacy and now blood has returned to the empty Mayfair mansions of the world’s super-rich. And blood mixed with magic is a job for Peter Grant.
Suspicious deaths are not usually the concern of PC Peter Grant or the Folly, even when they happen at an exclusive party in one of the most expensive apartment blocks in London. But Lady Ty’s daughter was there, and Peter owes Lady Ty a favour. Plunged into the alien world of the super-rich, where the basements are bigger than the house and dangerous, arcane items are bought and sold on the open market, a sensible young copper would keep his head down and his nose clean. But this is Peter Grant we’re talking about. He’s been given an unparalleled opportunity to alienate old friends and create new enemies at the point where the world of magic and that of privilege intersect. Assuming he survives the week …
Published: 3rd November 2016